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Barcelona Base For Belmonte & Wildeboer

Sep 22, 2012  - Craig Lord

Two of Spain's top swimmers have opted to base themselves at Barcelona's CN Sabadell in readiness for a home World Championships in the fabulous Catalan Capital next summer.

Mireia Belmonte, Olympic silver medallist in the 200m butterfly and 800m freestyle, confirmed yesterday that she would not, after all, go abroad, and would stay home to continue her work with French coach Fred Vergnoux.

The swimmer has renegotiated a financial package with the club, subsidised by the national federation, after what was described in the Spanish media as a "tug of war" to get her to leave Spain.

Aschwin Wildeboer, who prepared for London 2012 in Denmark under the guidance of his father and coach Paulus, has announced he will return home after four years away.

"After the four-year Olympic cycle in Denmark, I am coming home. I decided to return to the Club (CN Sabadell) to be closer to my teammates," said the backstroke ace after confirming his move with the Spanish Swimming Federation (RFEN).